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Bayelsa tasks oil firms on assistance to orphanages

By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—Bayelsa State government has expressed displeasure over the lukewarm attitude of oil companies operating in the state to the plight of the less privileged.

Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Relief Materials, Mrs. Otiotio, who spoke at the presentation of relief materials to the state orphanage last weekend by some concerned Bayelsans, led by Julie Donli, an aide to Governor Timipre Sylva, urged the oil companies to change their perception towards offering assistance to orphanages and not leave it only for the state government to do.

Director of the State Orphanage, Mrs. Vivian Odiowei, spoke in the same vein, saying though individuals have shown great compassion towards those in the orphanage, the attitude of the multinational oil companies has been very poor.

“Most of these people think the issue of taking care of the needy and under- privileged should be the sole responsibility of the state government. We are calling on them to change their attitude.”

The concerned Bayelsans, who presented foodstuffs and other materials worth millions of naira to the state orphanage, also called on multinational oil companies operating in the state and other well-meaning Bayelsans to assist the state government in providing comfortable living conditions to the disadvantaged people of the state.

According to Donli, the donation was done under the auspices of the White Lake City, the organizers of the last Valentine Charity Show.

She also hinted that the gesture will extend to donations to the office of the Wife of the State Governor for the building of the proposed handicap school, the State Action Committee on HIV/Aids (SACA) for victims and the offer of relief materials to victims of the Jos crisis in Plateau State.

Donli told those present at the ceremony, including the Mamuzee brothers, the Senior Special Assistants (SSA) on Disable Matters and Relief Materials, Miss Timi Ziriki Godwill, and the state Commissioner for Gender and Youth Empowerment, Miss. Dora Oru, that the donations were in fulfillment of the promise made during the Valentine show that all proceeds will be used to support the under privilege in the state.


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